Marvel Studios has quickly altered the just-released new ‘Avengers: Endgame’ poster so that Danai Gurira‘s name appears at the top, alongside the other actors shown on the image. In the originally released poster, Gurira’s name appeared at the bottom, along with Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow and Benedict Wong’s– three actors whose characters aren’t depicted.
Here is the corrected poster:
— Marvel Studios (@MarvelStudios) March 14, 2019
Marvel even used the phrase, “She should have been up there all this time,” a reference to Gurira’s hilarious line from ‘Infinity War’, “Why was she up there all this time?!” after Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) suddenly descended to help fight off Promixa Midnight (Carrie Coon) and Thanos’ forces, after staying out of the fray to remain with Vision (Paul Bettany) in the Wakandan tower where Shuri (Letitia Wright) was attempting to remove the Mind Stone from his head.
Obviously, no one knows how large a role any of the various characters play in ‘Endgame’. Gurira may not appear much at all… but they put her on the poster. The sentiment by fans was if she warranted that, she deserves to have her name at the top, with all of the other pictured actors. The omission seemed especially glaring because Gurira is the only woman of color shown.
Here is a sampling of those that pointed out the omission:
You got to have a meeting with your photoshop team. Danai Gurira isn’t credited on top lol https://t.co/UbFU3pJQGc
— Von Don (@VonKnight) March 14, 2019
— Black Girl Nerds (@BlackGirlNerds) March 14, 2019
Of course, billing is something that is hammered out behind the scenes and involves negotiations between agents and executives. So in all likelihood, Gurira wasn’t supposed to get top billing. But it just seemed glaring when she was the only actor on the poster that didn’t get her name at the top. Some may argue that Okoye isn’t a major character, just a supporting role, but I’d argue that she’s just as prominent as Karen Gillan’s Nebula.
We’ll get to see how large a role Okoye has in ‘Avengers: Endgame’ when it arrives in theaters on April 26.